Information Seeking in Electronic Environments

by Gary Marchionini
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Significant amounts of our time and energy are devoted to creating, managing, and avoiding information. Computers and telecommunications technology have extended our regard for information and are driving changes in how we learn, work, and play. This book considers how electronic technologies have changed these skills and strategies and augmented the fundamental human activity of information seeking.

Based on ten years of user studies, a human-centered framework for the study of information seeking is developed and illustrated with examples from manual and electronic settings. The author makes a case for creating new interface designs that allow the information seekers to choose what strategy to apply according to their immediate needs.

Information Seeking in Electronic Environments is essential reading for researchers and graduate students in information science, human-computer interaction, and education, as well as for designers of information retrieval systems and interfaces for digital libraries and archives.

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